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The Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity

Stephen Middleton, David R. Roediger, and Donald M. Shaffer


The Construction of Whiteness is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that examines the crucial intersection between whiteness as a privileged racial category and the various material practices (i.e. social, cultural, political, and economic) that underwrite its ideological influence in American society. In truth, whiteness has rarely been understood outside of academic circles as a problem to be examined, questioned, or interrogated. This is because the ubiquity of whiteness—its pervasive quality as an ideal that is at once omnipresent and invisible—makes it the very epitome of the soc ... More

Keywords: Construction of whiteness, Social construction, Critical Race theory, Legal history, Interdisciplinary study

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496805553
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Middleton, editor
Mississippi State University

David R. Roediger, editor
University of Kansas

Donald M. Shaffer, editor
Mississippi State University